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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Tina Hesman Saey: In January, vaccine researchers lined up on the starting blocks, waiting to hear a pistol. That shot came on January 10, when scientists in China announced the complete genetic makeup of the novel coronavirus. With that information in hand, the headlong race toward a vaccine began. read more

Even after Trump's controversial act of clemency for his longtime friend and political booster, Stone's conviction from November -- for lying to Congress during the probe into Russian election interference -- is still intact. read more

We've heard about COVID-19-related breathing problems or fever, but doctors are warning about long-term recovery complications of COVID-19 patients, especially those under 50. read more

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the Financial Times on Friday that he last saw President Trump in person at the White House on June 2 -- and hasn't briefed the president on the coronavirus pandemic for at least two months.

Friday, July 10, 2020

President Donald Trump ordered the Treasury Department on Friday to review the tax-exempt status of colleges and universities, following his threats to cut federal funding to schools that do not reopen due to the coronavirus pandemic. read more


The Roger Stone Commutation Is Even More Corrupt Than It Seems

...President Trump's commutation of the prison sentence of his long-time confidante Roger Stone is wholly unsurprising. Indeed, given Trump's repeated teasing of the matter over the life of the case against Stone, it would have been something of surprise had he not intervened so that his felonious friend was spared time behind bars.

But the predictable nature of Trump's action should not obscure its rank corruption. In fact, the predictability makes the commutation all the more corrupt, the capstone of an all-but-open attempt on the president's part to obstruct justice in a self-protective fashion over a protracted period of time. That may sound like hyperbole, but it's actually not.

Trump publicly encouraged Stone not to cooperate with Robert Mueller's investigation; he publicly dangled clemency as a reward for silence; and he has now delivered.

The act is predictable precisely because the corrupt action is so naked....

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Mitt Romney

Unprecedented, historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president.

9:06 AM Jul 11, 2020

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